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Report: A cheaper Project Scarlett alternative remains in Xbox's next gen plans  
by Alissa McAloon [12.04.19]
Rumors about a cheaper Project Scarlett console continue to ebb and flow as insiders now tell Kotaku a lower-powered next-gen system is still in the cards.
Console/PC, Social/Online

The $0 marketing game guide 2
by Victoria Tran [12.04.19]
Unpacking some marketing strategies Kitfox Games has used for over 3 profitable games — and counting!
Social/Online, Indie, Business/Marketing

YouTube no longer equates video game and real-world violence for age restrictions  
by Alissa McAloon [12.03.19]
This means videos uploaded to YouTube featuring in-game violence are less likely to be age-restricted than they would have been under the previous enforcement guidelines, though advertising rules are unaffected.
Social/Online, Business/Marketing

Come to GDC 2020 for an inside look at Astroneer's crafting system overhaul  
by Staff [12.02.19]
It's never been more important for game makers to understand the nuances of updating live games, and at GDC 2020 the Astroneer team will offer their own lessons learned on how to do it gracefully.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Production

Video Game Deep Cuts: From Shenmue 3 To Super Mario Poetry  
by Gamasutra Staff [11.30.19]
This week's roundup includes a look at the long, long-awaited Shenmue 3, a book of poetry about Super Mario World, loneliness in games, Disco Elysium, Vader Immortal, & more.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Come to GDC for a postmortem look at the making of Apex Legends!  
by Staff [11.27.19]
Respawn's Apex Legends is one of the big games of 2019, and at GDC 2020 the team will share a rare look at how it went from a Titanfall 2 battle royale mode to a hugely popular standalone game.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Design, GDC

Analyst: Roblox revenue on mobile alone surpasses $1 billion  
by Alissa McAloon [11.26.19]
Estimates from the market analyst firm Sensor Tower say Roblox Mobile, the iOS and Android version of the online game platform, has surpassed $1 billion lifetime gross revenue.
Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet

Blog: The community-driven development of Vecter 2
by Gamasutra Community [11.26.19]
Listening to players can be somewhat controversial within the game-dev world, but I'm doing just that and it's turning Vecter into a popular game with high approval ratings.
Social/Online, Indie, Business/Marketing

Battleborn pulled from digital stores, going offline in 2021  
by Alissa McAloon [11.25.19]
Battleborn publisher 2K Games has announced that Gearbox’s ill-fated, hero-shooter will be going offline for in January 2021, and has already been pulled from digital shelves ahead of the shutdown.
Console/PC, Social/Online

AirConsole raises $3 million to expand library and reach  
by Alissa McAloon [11.25.19]
The browser-based game service AirConsole has raised $3 million through a Series A funding round, aiming to bring more games to its platform.
Social/Online

Level up your live game game with lessons from Supercell's Clash of Clans at GDC!  
by Staff [11.25.19]
Clash of Clans is among the world's most enduring and profitable F2P mobile games, and at GDC 2020 you'll have a unique chance to see how Supercell has kept it vital via updates and a new Battle Pass.
Social/Online, Production

Video Game Deep Cuts: Half-Life: Alyx On Planet Stadia Zoo  
by Gamasutra Staff [11.24.19]
This week's roundup includes a video & other notes on VR surprise Half-Life: Alyx, some very odd economy-related shenanigans in Planet Zoo, plus Apple Arcade games you missed, & lots more.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Xbox currently has no plans for xCloud exclusives, though it has been discussed  
by Alissa McAloon [11.22.19]
Update A Microsoft representative says the company is “in early talks” with first and third party studios to create platform exclusives for its in-preview game streaming service Project xCloud.
Console/PC, Social/Online

Video: How Riot creates new League of Legends champions  
by Staff [11.22.19]
In this 2017 GDC talk, Riot Games' Jeremy Lee shares the creative tools and production framework they've developed to create new champions for League of Legends.
Social/Online, Design, Production, Video, Vault

Stadia access codes have now reached Founder's Edition buyers, days after launch  
by Alissa McAloon [11.22.19]
Those access codes allow those that opted to get in on Stadia’s $130 ground floor the ability to actually use the cloud-based streaming service or reserve a username ahead of use.
Console/PC, Social/Online

See how Media Molecule architected the code Dreams are made of at GDC!  
by Staff [11.22.19]
The creative team at Media Molecule have built something truly special in Dreams, and at GDC 2020 in March they'll share a rare programmer-minded look under the hood that you won't want to miss!
Social/Online, Programming, GDC

Video: Adopting continuous delivery to combat crunch on Sea of Thieves  
by Staff [11.21.19]
In this 2018 GDC talk, Rare's Jafar Soltani explains how Rare changed its culture and approach for developing Sea of Thieves by adopting 'continuous delivery.'
Social/Online, Production, Video, Vault

Report: Amazon plans to announce long-rumored game streaming service in 2020 1
by Alissa McAloon [11.21.19]
It’s not the first time talk of a rumored streaming service from Twitch parent company and retail giant Amazon have circulated, but recent chatter indicates an official reveal is on the horizon.
Console/PC, Social/Online

Catch a truly Classic Game Postmortem of Star Wars Galaxies at GDC 2020!  
by Staff [11.21.19]
Leading devs Raph Koster and Rich Vogel will be presenting a Star Wars Galaxies Classic Game Postmortem at GDC 2020 in March that promises to reveal insightful stories and key lessons learned.
Social/Online, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, GDC

'Perpetual franchises' are key to Activision Blizzard's strategy, says CEO Kotick 2
by Alissa McAloon [11.20.19]
A recent interview with Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick offers a look at the longtime exec's perspective on the video game industry, alongside a handful of curious anecdotes from his 28-year career.
Console/PC, Social/Online